Liverpool suffered a heavy blow last night after a horror challenge on their youth left-back, Yasser Larouci saw him get stretchered off the field in the 76th minute of 1-2 loss to Sevilla.
The Reds Academy graduate was playing in only his second pre-season game in what looked like an attempt to fill Andy Robertson’s backup position.
Liverpool recently got rid of Alberto Moreno and now have no established stars to take up the Spaniard’s spot. That leaves Robertson as Jurgen Klopp’s only traditional choice for the left-back position.
Reports have linked the Anfield side to Real Betis’ Junior Firpo but the 22-year-old could very well be off to Barcelona this summer. Klopp has almost been coy about Liverpool’s transfer plans despite winning the Champions League and earning millions in revenue.
The German boss has decided to be more passive this transfer window even claiming that no big signings will be made. A very confusing ordeal for the newly crowned European champions since this could be their golden opportunity to take the leap over local rivals, Manchester City.
Larouci was exceptional in the first game against Dortmund, managing to keep Jadon Sancho under wraps for most the match. Klopp praised the teenager and even called him “an exceptional talent”.
For some, this seemed like a well thought out plan as the former Dortmund boss was key in introducing the world to Trent Alexander-Arnold. There is no telling if he can’t do the same with Larouci but for now, he might have to come up with a plan ‘C’.
Robertson will definitely need help in managing the workload of four different major tournaments in a single season. Since Junior Firpo has slipped out of their hands, it is high time Liverpool starts digging out new targets. The transfer window is open for just over a week and a new player needs to be brought in as cover for the Scotsman.